Re: Mbadge Counseling
Bob Condon (rec@EPOCH.COM)
Tue, 7 Mar 1995 09:16:16 -0500
I have found that what SHOULD be done and what IS done
is miles apart.
The BSA programs wants individual involvement but also
wants to always work with at least two boys for the leaders
protection. I work with 8 at a time because I can get the
base info down in 1 session as oppose to 8 sessions.
Part of the problem is that the kids think the adults have an
abundance of time to devote every waking hour to them.
I offer the "opportunity" of merit badges (just like camp
and merit badge college) and they can decide what they want to
take within their available time.
Only once did I do individual MB. As soon as I was done, another wanted
to do the MB. It became a real time sink which was not effective
use of my time.
I teach First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Skiing.
Others if there is an interest and no councilor available
AND I can do a good job of it.
We NEVER use a meeting for Merit badges directly. We have used
the meeting as a tickler though where some expensive photo
gear is brought in for the kids to experiment. Many go on to
get the Photo merit badge after the exposure.
I also due multiples so that if my son is in the group, he
does not get any different treatment than any other boy.
I just read the "Policy" for the first time from our council and
an adult can teach a max of 8 MB. A boy can only take 3 MB from the
same councilor. A boy can only take 10 MB from all scouters associated
with the troop. A SM can only teach Camping, Backpacking (3-4 more) within
the troop, hence he can not teach these outside the troop.
I think we need to develop a sfw product for all the rules, policies and
regulations. There is soooo much information, a million riles
and so little time!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City